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Jiyai Shin clinches two shot victory

South Korean star Jiyai Shin won the HSBC Women’s Champions on Sunday for her fourth LPGA Tour victory in eight months, shooting her second straight 6-under 66 for a two-stroke victory over Australia’s Katherine Hull.

The 21-year-old Shin, five strokes behind Hull at the start of the round, had an 11-under 277 total at Tanah Merah and earned $300,000 in the $2 million event.

Last year before becoming an LPGA Tour member, Shin won the Women’s British Open and added victories in the Mizuno Classic in Japan and season-ending ADT Championship. She also won seven times on the Korea LPGA and took a Japanese tour event.

The fifth-ranked Shin birdied the first four holes to get into contention, then took advantage of Hull’s back-nine collapse. Hull, the former Pepperdine star who won the Canadian Women’s Open last summer, finished with a 74.

Angela Park (68), Paula Creamer (70) and SBS Open winner Angela Stanford (73) tied for third at 8 under. Top-ranked Lorena Ochoa, the 2008 champion coming off her 25th LPGA Tour victory last week in Thailand, shot a 70 to tie for sixth with Jane Park (73) and Sun Young Yoo (73) at 7 under.

Hull had a four-stroke lead at 13 under with nine holes left, but dropped four strokes on the next five holes to hand the lead to Shin.

The Australian’s bogey on the par-4 10th and Shin’s birdie on the par-3 11th cut Hull’s advantage to two strokes. Hull gave that away with a double bogey on the par-5 13th, then bogeyed the par-3 14th to fall a stroke behind.

Shin took a two-stroke lead with a birdie on the par-5 15th, and closed with three straight pars. She made 12 birdies in her bogey-free weekend 66s after opening with rounds of 72 and 73.

 

 

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